The ACWA Board of Directors, its officers and members would like to welcome you to the online home of the American Chuck Wagon Association, a 501.c.3 organization.
The American Chuck Wagon Association started out as a small group of Old West enthusiasts and has expanded to world wide association preserving the American past through competitions, demonstrations, charity and school events and other venues.
Our work is funded by sponsorships (see the power point presentation shown below-right); tax-free donations, honorariums and memorials
(We are a 501.c.3 organization);
cookbook, note card & cap sales in our General Store (go shopping), as well as membership dues.
For donations, honorariums and memorials, you may send a check to:
ACWA, 1723 East Tate Street, Brownfield, TX 79316 or call Nancy Sparks at (806)215-7851 with credit card information. For Honorariums and Memorials, please include the name of the person remembered/honored, and address for a thank you card.
Our youth are our future and the ACWA supports activities directly involving them. We encourage producers to offer youth
competition at their cook offs whenever possible. Many of our cooking crews include young people at the cook offs.
The Association also periodically honors an outstanding young cook with the Rookie of the Year award.
In addition, the ACWA offers scholarships (read more) to selected individuals each year. If interested, download an application here. Scholarship recipients for the upcoming school year are Caleb Swanson from Canton, SD, and Chelsea Carter from Prairie Hill, TX. One of our recipients recently sent an update you may read here.
Another way to involve and educate our youth is with demonstrations. At one cook off, invitations were given to area schools to come on Friday. There were busloads coming and going a good portion of the day. The students were wonderful and the three host wagons enjoyed sharing their camps and telling a little about the history of the chuck wagon and the trail drives.
Want to take home some of that authentic, Old West taste and style? Now you can with ACWA Cookbooks, beautiful note cards and caps!
Many of our members offer catering services. Check out the link above to contact one of them about bringing some of the finest chuck wagon cooking to your next event.
As this message is posted, Maribeth and I are off to Mexico. Since some of the cattle on the trail drives crossed the Rio Grande,
I guess we could do a little scouting around to see if we can find any chuck wagons in Mexico.
The mission statement of the American Chuck Wagon Association is to preserve the history of the chuck wagon era by providing educational opportunities and events to diverse audiences of all ages while continuing to provide youth scholarships and support for wounded warriors. Thanks to David Pabst who has donated a manufactured reproduction of the W.H. Thayer Universal tool which is "up for auction" on the Chuckwagon Cooking site. Please pass along this auction to help raise funds for ACWA Youth Educational and Scholarship programs. Bids will be accepted on the Chuckwagon Cooking site until midnight, July 4th. Remember the youth of today are the future of the ACWA. ACWA is looking at a couple of suggested fund raising events to help increase funds for future scholarships.
Every year ACWA gives up to two scholarships. In 2015 there was only one applicant and this year there were only two. Surely ACWA members know of more graduates that could use a little help as they head off to college. The Scholarship committee, chaired by Brain Frankum, members Susan Frankum, Butch and Sue Dohmann awarded this year?s scholarships to Chelsea Carter from Prairie Hill, TX and Caleb Swanson from Canton, SD.
Planning for the first ACWA Championship Cook Off continues and we are still looking for volunteers to help with this event. Anyone interested in assisting with any of the various committees should contact either Mike Colbert or myself.
As of now there are 21 wagons qualified from the seven sanctioned cook offs with three more scheduled. The ACWA Championship Cook Off events will start on Thursday, March 30th with youth activities and wagon teams arriving and setting up; Friday, March 31st is wagon judging day and Saturday, April 1st each team will prepare 41 meals. A dance and award ceremony will be held Saturday night and the event will end on Sunday, April 2nd with Cowboy Church.
In keeping with the ACWA mission statement, we have invited area 4th graders studying Texas History to attend a demonstration of the chuck wagon and chuck wagon cooking on Thursday March 30th so we need four wagons to volunteer to arrive on Wednesday and be set up for this demonstration.
Also, we are looking for wagon sponsors for the ACWA Championship Cook Off. If you are interested or know someone interested in sponsoring a wagon the costs is $1500.00 which includes: 10 meals, a sponsor sign in front of the wagon, and their name listed as a sponsor on all advertisements. Several sponsorships have been spoken for but there is still time. If interested, please contact me at email@example.com.
Another great event Maribeth and I attended was the Annual Chuck Wagon Rendezvous held at Lost Creek Farms. LIZZIE II owners Rex and Sheryl Wailes were great hosts. There were approximately 40 people who attended, participated in some great problem solving sessions, ate some wonderful food and helped feed Colorado?s mosquito population which I believe hadn?t been fed in a while. We met many new friends and are looking forward to returning next year.
Rex and Sheryl are moving sometime next year to a place they have in Texas. Once settled they said they would be interested in hosting a Rendezvous at their new place located outside of Camp Verde, Texas.
As ACWA grows, we are working towards forming a Mid America Chapter representing states in the middle portion of the country. With the addition of this chapter, every area except the Northeast would be represented by the Southeast, Mid America, Southwest or Northwest chapters. Each chapter will elect a president and a vice president which would participate in the monthly Board of Directors conference call. They would give a report of what is going on in each chapter, be a more local contact for the members in each chapter, and bring items to the board for discussion.
You have to fight through the bad days to earn the best days. - Unknown
Until next time, happy trails!
In 1996 at a chuck wagon competition in Amarillo, Texas, a small group of Old West enthusiasts and wagon masters talked about an
association. The mission would be to preserve the heritage of the chuck wagon and its use in the short, but significant, era of the cattle
drives. In 1997, in Bryson, Texas, by-laws and articles of operationwere adopted and the American Chuck Wagon Association was off and
running. Today there are members in 31 states, Canada, Germany and France.
In 2016, the original mission statement was revised and Sanctioning was approved. The revised mission statement reads as follows:
The mission statement of the American Chuck Wagon Association is to preserve the history of the Chuck Wagon Era by providing educational opportunities and events to diverse audiences of all ages while continuing to provide youth scholarships and support for wounded warriors.
Sanctioning information and forms can be found here.
Check out the Chuck Wagon Food Safety brochure here.
A big THANK YOU to Sheryl and Rex Wailes for their great hospitality at the Rendezvous. Around 40 people attended throughout the weekend. A good time was had by all.